Joseph C. Wood
Joseph C. Wood
SHREWSBURY, VT — Joseph C. “Joe” Wood, 61, died Aug. 22, 2013, at his home in Coalville, UT, after a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Wood was born November 4, 1951, in Pittsfield, MA, the son of Leo and Rita Wood. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1969. He married Katharine Laderoute Wood on April 12, 1981.
A lover of the mountain slopes, he taught over 50,000 people how to ski during his five decades in the industry at just about every resort on the East Coast, and many others all over the country.
In his work with the Professional Ski Instructors of America — Eastern Division, he served twice as Chair of the Board of Examiners, Development Team & Examiner Trainer Coach, Eastern Board Member, Executive Board Member for over 15 years, youngest Examiner ever, and Examiner for a total of 42 years.
He was awarded honorary lifetime membership in the Eastern Division in 2010. He served as the Base Area Operations Manager at Snowshed Lodge of Killington for 8 years. His work as Ski School Director at Pico, and later Killington, helped to cement his legacy as a leader and mentor to so many in the industry over the course of his career.
In the off-season, Mr. Wood was a painter, a building contractor, and a Project Manager at the construction company, The Belden Co., Inc. In his final years, he worked for North American Industrial Services, Inc. as the Western Business Manager.
Mr. Wood loved the outdoors and sports. He was a fisherman, hiker, soccer player, and adult softball league coach.
Mr. Wood and his wife, Kathy, built and lived on a small 20-acre farm in Shrewsbury along with dogs, cats, horses and whatever other wildlife happened by.
Above all else, he was a skier. With 55 years on the slopes, it was his driving passion. He was renowned for his graceful touch on the snow and his quiet and steadfast commitment to the growth of the ski industry as a whole, and the craft of teaching skiing in particular.
He is survived by his wife, Katharine, of Coalville, UT, and his two sons, Morgan of Shrewsbury, VT, and Kyle of Houston, TX.
He was a deeply beloved husband and father, who will be dearly missed.
A celebration of his life will be held at Pico Ski Resort in Vermont on October 12, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. The family is creating a scholarship fund to honor Joe. As such, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joe’s name to the PSIA-Eastern Education Foundation at 1A Lincoln Avenue, Albany, NY 12205.